Homecoming court nominee, Erin Armstrong, has it all, the best friends, the best boyfriend and lead in the school play. But when she catches her bestie and her boyfriend holding hands behind the porta potty her status as Rosemark High’s It girl takes a nosedive. Determined to win the crown and earn back her social status, Erin enlists the help of quirky theatre kid, Peter Hunt. Together the two craft a plan to ensure Erin’s victory. That is, if the two can keep their growing attraction from sabotaging the project. A throwback to the early 2000’s, Stage Kiss will have you longing for the days when being brave meant sending an AOL instant message to your crush. Back when Friday nights were made for football games and sleepovers with the friends you’d do anything for.
Erin's life is seemingly perfect. She's popular, with great friends. She's dating a boy she's been friends with her entire life. But when she finds herself betrayed by one of her best friends and said boyfriend, everything falls off course.
Homecoming. Being queen is what she's always wanted. If she was honest with herself, it's the reason for a lot of things. Her sister was homecoming queen and her mother before her. It's expected. When she reconnects with an old friend, she discovers maybe her priorities were wrong all along. She doesn't need the spotlight after all. She only needs him.
What I loved:
The story really brings you back to high school when the social ladder seemed the most important thing. When who you ate lunch with could determine your social worth and having a boyfriend was a life or death thing. It paints the perfect picture of a time in life most loved, but would never go back to. The friendships are the true star of the book. They can survive anything - from boyfriend stealing to other betrayals.
And of course, Peter. He's too perfect.
What was just okay:
Erin is obnoxious. She cares more about being homecoming queen than anything else. Everything is about her and it got a little old. If I were a teenager, I'd never want to be friends with her.
A cute and entertaining read that depicts an extremely accurate view of high school. The good. The bad. The ugly. But in the end, we're left with a heartwarming feeling.